President Biden expressed concern over the looming prospect of a government shutdown. Speaking at at the 2023 Phoenix Awards Dinner on Saturday, the President emphasized the importance of maintaining essential government services and urged Congress to take immediate action to avert a shutdown.
“Just a few months ago after a long negotiation between myself and the new Speaker of the House we agreed on spending levels for the government that will fund essential domestic and national security priorities while still cutting the deficit by over $1 trillion over the next decade, ” said Biden.
However, President Biden highlighted the current impasse in Congress, attributing the gridlock to a small faction of what he referred to as “extreme Republicans” who are opposing the previously established agreement. He warned that the failure to secure a budget deal could lead to dire consequences for the American public.
“Now a small group of extreme Republicans don’t want to live up to the deal so now everyone in America could be forced to pay the price,” Biden said.
“Let’s be clear. If the government shuts down that means members of the U.S. military are going to have to continue to work but not get paid. A government shutdown could impact everything from food safety to cancer research to Head Start programs for children,” he spoke about the consequences if the agreement is not reached.
“Funding the government is one of the most basic responsibilities of Congress. It’s time for Republicans to start doing the job America elected them to do. Let’s get this done,” President Biden urged.
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